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Pines | [Blake Crouch]

Pines

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…
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Publisher's Summary

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

©2012 Blake Crouch (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Patricia 12-09-13
    Patricia 12-09-13

    Writing reviews is work. Therefore, I need to be really happy or really unhappy with a book to write one.

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    "Maybe a B movie - definitely a D-- book"

    Ok, it was only $4.95, but the few good parts are highly derivative; the bad parts (for example all the parts where the main character is confused; having flashbacks; or getting punched out or otherwise physically assaulted) are too long, repetitive, and just basically not very interesting. Kind of like in one of those movies that never really make it to a theater. I really tried, but after three hours I don't care about the cardboard main character or what may or may not be going on. So I'm returning it, but writing this review first because the last time I returned a book before writing a review I wasn't able to write the review because the book was no longer in my library.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-16-13
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Are they kept in, or kept out?"

    I was so sure that I had figured it out ... but I was wrong. Just as one piece of the puzzle fell into place, another clanked on top of my theory, jarring me out of smug and misplaced confidence.

    Basically, you will wonder if the residents of Wayward Pines are prisoners or monsters. No spoiler here! You have to listen to the whole thing to really know the answer.

    Very, very good story!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Justin casper, WY, USA 05-05-13
    Justin casper, WY, USA 05-05-13 Member Since 2006

    Being a heavy equipment operator with long night shifts, good books are essential to me.

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    "Original story"

    This book will keep you hooked until the finish. The narration is great the tempo moves right along and no excessive swearing. Don't hold back get the book, you will enjoy it til the end.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Kent, WA, United States 01-22-13
    Barry Kent, WA, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought I had it figured out..."
    Any additional comments?

    I agree with Matthew's review. This is an AMAZING story, performed with such perfect timing that it came ALIVE! Mr. Garcia, gracias. Fantastic job!

    And Mr. Crouch, you set the hook and reeled me in. Just when I thought I had it figured out -- BAM! Wrong again.

    Seriously, why are there only 85 "ratings" after six months? People -- you need to read this. If you enjoy mystery, sci-fi, or just a great story, you'll love this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 10-01-12
    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 10-01-12
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    "Better than Expected"
    If you could sum up Pines in three words, what would they be?

    Real surprise endiing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pines?

    You didn't even have a clue what was going on until pretty far in the story. It was fun to discover clues along with the main character.


    What does Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Easir to listen than to read sometimes.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What's really going on?


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa L. Plested Ohio 01-16-14
    Teresa L. Plested Ohio 01-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "OMG! Flippin AWESOME!"

    I didn't want to stop listening! Glad I didn't! First listen to this author and I am very impressed.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Port Jefferson, NY, United States 01-04-14
    Bob Port Jefferson, NY, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Tedious plot that made me lose patience."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I do not know?


    What was most disappointing about Blake Crouch’s story?

    It was just a series of strange occurrences that did not suck me into the story. The character did not behave in a fashion that would be expected given his circumstances. The end was a total blind side that came from nowhere.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance?

    Performance was acceptable


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It started out strong and then quickly became like a broken record. Repeated "wierdness" with no advancement in plot or character development.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was not for me, although from the other reviews it seems that many people enjoyed it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 11-22-13
    John S MA 11-22-13 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Didn't see that coming."

    You have to get a fair way into this book to figure out what is actually going on. I won't give anything away, but it is not something you would have expected. I enjoyed the story and would have rated it higher but the ending was rather abrupt. It leaves you hanging so you have to read the sequel. I am not sure that I will do that since at the end the story the book starts to sound like The Passage and It's sequel.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Angie 10-05-12
    Angie 10-05-12
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    "What an amazing story"

    Pines by Blake Crouch is not like any book I have every experienced. It keeps you on the edge. So many twists, i didn't want to put it down. Just when I thought I figured it out, the story goes in a different direction and the end caught me completely off guard.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 09-04-12
    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Twilight Zone meets X-Files-Page Turner!"

    In the same tradition of a Twilight Zone meets X-Files story, secret service agent Ethan Burke goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, his mission is to locate and recover two federal agents who went missing.

    He wakes up next to a stream, in a black suit and white shirt speckled with blood stains. No wallet. No money. No ID. No keys. No phone. That's all I'll say, don't want to spoil the story.

    On every page, I kept trying to guess what would happen next, to no avail, and then the ending completely blew my mind!

    Blake's vivid descriptions, constant action, thrills, mystery and intrigue, reminded me of my favorite books by Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

    Intense and gripping, Pines is a masterpiece that had me thinking about the story, long after turning the last page.

    I read this book on Kindle and enjoyed it so much I wanted to get the Audio version to pass the time while on the road. LOVED the narration of Paul Michael Garcia, it was perfect and made the book even more enjoyable. Brilliant!

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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  • MICHELLE LOUISE
    NUNEATON, WARWICKSHIRE United Kingdom
    7/23/14
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    "All are welcome at Wayward Pines!"
    What did you like best about Pines? What did you like least?

    I did like the idea of the story, but quite a few times it was a little slow going.


    What aspect of Paul Michael Garcia’s performance might you have changed?

    I thought his performance was ok. However he could have been a little more creative with some of the character's voices.


    Do you think Pines needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There are already 2 follow-up books to the Pines.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    HULL, United Kingdom
    6/26/14
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    "Simmering suspense"

    Good story, well written and keeps you speculating until the truth is revealed. I really enjoyed this novel and will get book 2.Touches of 'The Wicker Man' and 'The X Files' plausible characters and fast paced. Well worth a punt .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steena
    North Yorkshire
    6/25/14
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    "Don't miss this one!"
    If you could sum up Pines in three words, what would they be?

    Vivid. Imaginative. Terrifying.


    What other book might you compare Pines to, and why?

    Brave New World and 1984. An imaginative and frightening vision of a possible future;
    I sincerely hope Blake Crouch has got it completely wrong!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    'You can check out any time you like... but you can never leave!'


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Reed Jones
    UK
    6/9/14
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    "A real must listen"
    Where does Pines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best by far and I have listened to a lot. Loved it.


    What other book might you compare Pines to, and why?

    Watched films like this but not listened to a book like this.


    What does Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Love listening to his voice, compare him to Sean Barrett


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes WOW got this is good


    Any additional comments?

    Can`t wait to listen to the next book in the trilogy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C. Murphy
    London, UK
    6/5/14
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    "Love this book. Well read, good story."

    Brilliant book. Had me wondering what on earth was going on right until the end. Quite suspenseful and I found myself sneaking in some reading at lunch and whenever I could. I've got the next one but I'm rationing it out! :o)

    Very well read as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alastair Manderson
    5/20/15
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    "Incredible"

    Well read and this story kept me up at night letting me earn the "marathon" award. I would not in a million years have guessed what was actually going on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reginald pelle
    Winchester, UK
    4/26/15
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    "Remarkable and Outstanding!"

    Remarkably eerie, and an astounding and compelling account on a story, that is written without too much mention of people or of any place; just teleporting from weird scene to another. Another added bonus for future writers, to tap in. Worth listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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